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Having some spare time here due a flu that knock me out good, so i thought lets see some good aviation movie, unfortunately there's not so many options in the market and i found my self seeing "Sully" for the second time, which BTW its a good movie that tells the story of the CACTUS 1549 that landed in the Hudson river in NY after a bird strike with the great Tom Hanks http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3263904/.

So what do you guys have in your memory collection about aviation movies?

For me not much, mostly 2 movies come to my mind:

Memphis Belle http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100133/

And of course Top Gun http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092099

 

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The original Airport movie is always a good one for the 707's, nothing like seeing maintenance guy trying to get that 707 out of the snow bank with a cigar in his mouth, and of course Dean Martin flying a plane has cool factor as well

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065377/

 

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6 minutes ago, Matthew Kane said:

The original Airport movie is always a good one for the 707's, nothing like seeing maintenance guy trying to get that 707 out of the snow bank with a cigar in his mouth, and of course Dean Martin flying a plane has cool factor as well

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065377/

 

Thanks for the suggestion Matthew, i dont recall of seeing this one, going to search to see if i can find this classic.

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Sky Fighters - a French "Top Gun" from 2005. Hot women, hot planes and spectacular aerial sequences. Escapist storyline, but so what :happy:

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2 minutes ago, HighBypass said:

Sky Fighters - a French "Top Gun" from 2005. Hot women, hot planes and spectacular aerial sequences. Escapist storyline, but so what :happy:

Thank you Mark, this one i definitely didnt saw, i believe you are talking about this one http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421974/ original name "Les chevaliers du ciel" :biggrin:

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'The High and the Mighty' 1953. John Wayne and Bob Stack. the story of an ill-fated DC-4 PHNL-KSFO. The film is based on the long defunct Trans Ocean Airlines, based out of OAK, CA. It is technically accurate in many aspects with a complete crew that includes FE and Human Navigator. Imagine, more than 12 hours, 8000 feet, unpressurized! 

"The original Airport movie is always a good one for the 707's..."

A piece of trivia: The tower controller at "Lincoln" Tower, was played by my former supervisor when I was a controller at LAX Tower. 

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47 minutes ago, dmarques69 said:

Having some spare time here due a flu that knock me out good, so i thought lets see some good aviation movie, unfortunately there's not so many options in the market and i found my self seeing "Sully" for the second time, which BTW its a good movie that tells the story of the CACTUS 1549 that landed in the Hudson river in NY after a bird strike with the great Tom Hanks http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3263904/.

So what do you guys have in your memory collection about aviation movies?

For me not much, mostly 2 movies come to my mind:

Memphis Belle http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100133/

And of course Top Gun http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092099

 

You have to watch Air America.  Could be about the best Freight Dawg movie ever made.  Just nailed the mentality.

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Island in the sky for DC3 action. Steve McQueen in War Lover for B17 action.

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If you're into F-86 Sabres, The Hunters(1958), if you're into DH Mosquitos, Mosquito Squadron(1969) -- both, especially mosquito squadron, have some extraordinary air scenes. -- Tim

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12 O'Clock High with Gregory Peck is always a classic.

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"Air Force One" 1997 movie with Harrison Ford is one of my favorites. 

If you like comedy, try "Airplane"  It is a parody movie from the "Airport series of movies. 

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19 minutes ago, mwilk said:

12 O'Clock High with Gregory Peck is always a classic.

Excellent movie, although more about the stress of command than the aviation.  One of my favourites.

Here are some of the other aviation movies in my memory banks...

  • The Bridges at Toko-Ri
  • The Battle of Britain
  • Amelia (Earhart)
  • Aces High
  • The Blue Max
  • Flight of the Intruder
  • Alive! (OK it's the aftermath of a crash but it's still worth a look)
  • Also the BBC TV series "Wings" about the early air war in WWI. Eindeckers and Avros. I think both seasons are available on YouTube.
  • Flight
  • The Ghost of Flight 401 (based on real-life rumours about the aftermath of the Eastern Airlines 401 crash in the Everglades).
  • The Dambusters
  • 688 Squadrom

 

 

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For a good laugh, watch Zero Hour! (1957). Not because it is any good, but because it is the film which spoof aeroplane comedy Airplane! was based on. So it ends up being unintentionally funny when you watch Zero Hour! as you find yourself ad-libbing all the lines from Airplane! when they crop up in their 'serious' incarnation, so, 'Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?' etc will just be popping into your head all the way through it.

And I'm not joking, Airplane! is practically a shot-for-shot remake of Zero Hour! with virtually identical dialogue which is just tweaked a little bit to play it for laughs. So you'll find yourself yelling out 'I am serious and don't call me Shirley' and 'Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines' etc. And yes, the main character really is called Ted Stryker in Zero Hour! and the pilot really does look like he's trying to groom little Joey when he visits the cockpit and gets given a toy aeroplane.

If you don't believe how unintentionally hilarious it is, just check out this comparison:

For a more serious movie (and some of the ones already suggested are really great by the way, especially The Hunters and Air America), here are some more worth watching:

Aces High (1976) which is a great WW1 fighter movie, as is The Blue Max (1966), both of which are great for the dogfight sequences. For a good Vietnam war jet combat movie, you can't beat Flight of the Intruder (1991), look out for the sequence where they run an Iron Hand mission against SAM sites for some really atmospheric pre-CGI special effects that are truly excellent, in fact amongst the best you will ever see.

For a less combat-oriented one, but quite possibly the best aviation movie ever made, you can't do better than Flight of the Phoenix (1965), be at pains to avoid the terrible 2004 remake of it like the plague though, that more recent one is embarrassingly bad, whereas the original version is a dramatic masterpiece.

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"The Right Stuff" is one of my favourite aerospace movies, although it historically recounts both the first supersonic flights and the first astronauts missions. It lasts more than 3 hours, but well worth it.

 

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18 hours ago, Murmur said:

"The Right Stuff" is one of my favourite aerospace movies, although it historically recounts both the first supersonic flights and the first astronauts missions. It lasts more than 3 hours, but well worth it.

That’s my favorite aviation movie of all time. I used to live not to far from Edwards which made me appreciate the history of the area a little more. In fact, I took a NASA tour there back in the 80’s when security wasn’t as tight. After the tour, no one showed us to the gates so I was left free to roam around a bit and found the ruins of Pancho's Happy Bottom Riding Club.  It was pretty neat to walk around the place where all the famous aviators/test pilots from that era had been at one time or another. Peeled up a few tiles and some other memorabilia to keep for souvenirs.

Another great movie/documentary is One Six Right. Have seen it many times.

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0475994/

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+1 for The Right Stuff.

And a vote of my own for The Aviator, Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic  Many great flying and airplane-design sequences.  And Cate Blanchett as a dead-on Katherine Hepburn, including a moment at the controls of the S-43: "Howard, there's a rather alarming mountain heading our way."  Check it out!

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Yes who can forgot about Right Stuff. Probably the best one ever made.

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The Right Stuff film is what kindled my interest in Poncho Barnes. 

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2 hours ago, Chock said:

For a less combat-oriented one, but quite possibly the best aviation movie ever made, you can't do better than Flight of the Phoenix (1965),

Forgive me but there is a certain moderator I will not name that often makes me think of that little German model airplane maker:)

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